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Artist pair moves for an adventure

By on June 27, 2018 in Columnist with 0 Comments

Mike CassidyBy Mike Cassidy


A while back, Cindy Rietveldt left a phone message saying: “Cancel our subscription to The Good Life, we’re moving out of the country.”


I called her back and asked where and why she and her husband, Bill — two well-known local artists (we had a story about their giant puppets in the September 2016 issue) — were moving.

“Mérida, in the Yucatán area of Mexico,” she said. And, as for the why, see her story on page 7.

“It was hard to write and I know it’s too long even though I cut out paragraphs. There are so many other aspects of this story to talk about,” wrote Cindy.

“Our experience here is mostly good but very complicated by unforeseen issues with our house and the manual labor required to make changes, the hard work (and enjoyment) of learning Spanish, the experience of starting to make art under a whole different set of circumstances… I could go on and on. Politics! We don’t even begin to understand local politics!”

Now, we are not encouraging readers to cancel their subscriptions and move away — but we do promote the notion of never giving up on the idea of taking on a new adventure.

Whether you ever make such a move or not, it’s fun imagining yourself packing up the car and the pets, and hitting the road for a new destination.

Criminal behavior? Is that what The Good Life is endorsing now?

It might appear that way, with our story about the joys of rustling roses.

Susan Sampson contacted us recently, asking: “Do you have any interest in looking at an essay about collecting antique varieties of roses from cuttings collected from abandoned lots and farmyard and the like? I do this as a hobby — I’ve populated my yard with them.”

In her story, Susan uses such phrases as “steal a (rose) start” and “I drove the get-away car,” but perhaps tongue in cheek.

In any event, the booty Susan made off with are thriving in her yard this summer.

See her story and a few photos of the roses on pages 12 and 13.

You can live your dream — and make a living, too.

Marshall Mahler was working for Parsons Photography when he decided to leave in 2007 and pursue a career as a fine art landscape photographer.

These days, he makes his living pretty much by selling his prints at such places as Leavenworth’s Art in the Park.

We caught up with him one Saturday at his Leavenworth booth and he said, “When I started, I just had a few dozen prints in a small space here. Now, I probably have 1,800 right here.”

We would have talked more, but customers started coming in… and well, business is business.

Marshall just returned from Hawaii where he rented a helicopter to photograph the erupting Kilauea volcano. See a few of his photos on pages 10 and 11.

Steal an adventure wherever you can and enjoy The Good Life.

— Mike

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